Fixed Gear Crit

The rider and the bike: Brian Megens

Fixed gear bikes are in essence very simple. However, to compete in the front of Red Hook Crit, or other big international fixed gear crits, high-end materials are often used by the riders to maximise their performance. In the series ‘the rider and the bike’ we want to highlight the fixed gear bikes of the ‘pro’s’. After kicking the series off with Stefan Rothe from Intelligentsia Racing, we now keep it close to our roots with Brian Megens who rides for our platform, Fixedgearcrit.com. Brian Megens proved to be in a competitive shape again with a heat win in the RHC BK 10 qualifications, and a victory in the biggest crit of the NL Crits Series, the Ronde van Katendrecht.
Bike photos: Brian Megens

Brian during his RHC BK 10 Qualification Heat II win Photo by Caro Paulette

Name: Bombtrack FGC Needle
Frame: Bombtrack Needle
The Needle is one of the first and few fixed gear crit specific bikes meaning that the geometry is tweaked for fixed gear crit racing. Olaf Wit from Wit Industries was responsible for the geometry, in cooperation with the Bombtrack Bicycle Company. In comparison with a track bike geometry roughly one can say that this results in a less aggressive fork angle, a sloping top tube, and a higher bottom bracket to avoid pedal strokes as much as possible.

 Frame material Columbus Cromor double butted tubing
 Fork Full carbon fork, 1.1/8″-1.1/2″ tapered
 HeadsetFSA “No21/12/44″ sealed a-headset, 1.1/8″-1.1/2”
 BB drop 51.5mm drop
Head tube angle 73 degrees
 Colour Custom FGC
 Chain KMC Gold 11 speed
 CranksetRotor 3D Track 165mm
 BBRotor BSA, 1.37″ x 68mm
 Handlebars 3T ergonova 40cm
Handlebar tape Brooks light brown leather
Stem Easton AE90
Saddle Brooks Cambium C-13
 Seatpost CPX carbon
 Wheelset FFWD F4 tubular
 Tires Open Corsa 28mm tubes
 Hubs FFWD
 Chainring Kappstein Pro Line 51
 Cog Kappstein Pro Line 15
 Pedals Shimano Dura-Ace
 Shoes Lake CX402
 Clothing Solo Sports NL

Measurements Brian Megens

Saddle height78.5cm
Reach (saddle nose – center bars58cm
Saddle Setback7.5cm